Updated: Apr 18
“Practice does not make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect.”
Are you a musician who practices frequently, but never seem to make the progress you want? You're not alone. In fact, one study found that 88% of musicians wish they could practice more effectively. So what's the key to practicing more effectively? According to psychology and neuroscience, there are 7 keys. Keep reading to find out what they are!
1. Stay focused 保持集中力
A focused mind significant boosts the efficiency of practicing. However, according to neuroscience, the average attention span of an adult is only less than 30 minutes, and it is even shorter for kids. So next time when you find yourself struggling to get through a long practice session, try dividing it into two shorter ones instead or taking short breaks.
2. Establish a practicing ritual 儀式感的練習
The perfect way to get in the mood for practicing is with some rituals! You could brew yourself some tea or do 10 minutes worth on full body stretches. Setting up these little practices has made it much easier because they put you in this great frame of mind where everything seems possible, which helps make success all that more likely.
3. Be organized 規劃你的練習
The first step in practicing well with any instrument should always be organization - plan out what to do in your practice in your calendar weekly- for example, be able to play the first two pages fluently by week 2; Next, break down goals into smaller steps so they're more achievable. Every time you look at your calendar, you know you are getting closer to your goal!
4. Set a specific goal for every practicing session 每次練習都設立明確目標
When you practice, set achievable goals for every session so that the next time will feel more obtainable. Feel accomplished every time you achieve your goal and be motivated to continue on with practicing!
5. Short-unit repetition 小範圍重覆
The brain learns best when information is presented in small chunks. When you are learning a new skill, your brain cells make new connections and through persistent repetitions, you brain will develop a strong and fast connection that allows you to play the music fluently and accurately.
The next time you find yourself in a difficult spot with your music, try practicing and strengthening that short passage through repetition!
6. Practice accurately 準確的練習
Now we know that our brain learns through repetitions. But when you're practicing something inaccurately, say with a wrong note- your brain will remember and strengthen the bad action too!
You should therefore slow down while playing so as to allow more time for accuracy in musical details.
7. Have fun! 保持練習熱度
See practicing as if you are clearing stages in a video game. After a long practice day, don’t forget to reward yourself - with a cup of delicious ice cream or go watch your favorite show. You deserve it!
練習跟玩遊戲一樣，過五關斬六將，過程辛苦但完成後都會帶給你滿滿的成功感！在一次好的練習後，記得給自己一點小獎勵，You deserve it:)
Follow these tips and you'll be on your way to becoming a better musician in no time. Happy practicing!